Turkish police inspect luxury villa in Jamal Khashoggi investigation

Turkey: Police search Yalova villa in Khashoggi murder case

Khashoggi - a Saudi writer, U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist - had entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain documentation certifying he had divorced his former wife so he could remarry.

On Oct. 1, Abahussain "placed a call from his personal cellphone" to the owner of a large "farm" in a rural area near Yalova, on the coast of the Sea of Marmara, according to the official, who quoted from a confidential investigative report.

Turkish media outlets have named the Saudi suspects who flew into Istanbul and left on the same day the journalist was last seen.

Photographs of the raid showed police officers standing in front of a grand two-story villa surrounded by woods.

Crime scene investigators aided by dogs and a drone first sealed off one villa near the town of Termal in Yalova province and later searched the grounds of a neighboring villa, according to Anadolu. The prosecutor added that this information was the reason given to search the building.

Turkish authorities say a team of 15 Saudi officials were sent especially to kill Mr Khashoggi, 59, but Saudi Arabia insists the team conducted a rogue operation.

The CIA believes bin Salman ordered the killing of Khashoggi who was critical of Saudi Arabia's de facto leader.

Turkey: Police search Yalova villa in Khashoggi murder case

Khashoggi, a Saudi national, was murdered on October 2 while visiting the Saudi embassy in Istanbul.

Intelligence officials in several Western countries say the killing was nearly certainly carried out with either the authorization or knowledge of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's de facto ruler.

Turkish state media is reporting the search was for evidence of Khashoggi's remains.

Prosecutors have not named the collaborator or publicly released a sketch of his likeness that they said has been produced.

Turkish authorities have previously carried out inspections at the consulate and the consul general's residence in Istanbul.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier this month said Turkey had given "recordings" on the murder of Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France, and Britain.

The Trump administration has slapped sanctions on 17 Saudis accused of involvement in the killing.

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